GM Camaro/Firebird 1993-1998 Repair Guide

Lower Control Arm

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figure 1

  1. Raise the car and support safely on jackstands.
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  3. Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
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  5. Disconnect the tie rod end (power steering gear) from the knuckle.
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  7. Remove the stabilizer shaft link from the lower control arm.
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  9. Unbolt and remove the shock absorber/spring assembly from the lower control arm.
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  11. Separate the lower ball joint from the steering knuckle.
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  13. Remove the lower control arm from the steering knuckle.
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  15. Unfasten the lower control arm mounting bolts/screws and nuts, then remove the lower control arm from the crossmember.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Lower control arm replacement

To install:
  1. Position the control arm to the crossmember, then install the nuts and bolts hand-tight. After the nuts are installed, tighten vertical control arm nuts to 85 ft. lbs. (115 Nm) and the horizontal nuts to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm) as shown in the accompanying figure.
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Tighten the nut enough to align the slot with the stud hold. NEVER loosen the nut in order to align the slot with the hole.

  1. Position the lower control arm to the steering knuckle, then hand-start the retaining nut. Tighten the nut to 81 ft. lbs. (110 Nm) and install a new cotter pin.
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  3. Fasten the lower control arm to the shock and spring assembly.
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  5. Install the stabilizer shaft link.
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  7. Attach the tie rod ends (power steering gear) to the steering knuckle.
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  9. Install the tire and wheel assembly.
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  11. Carefully lower the vehicle. Have the wheel alignment checked by a reputable repair shop using the proper equipment.
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